Bardo Fassbender

Bardo Fassbender

Bardo Fassbender

Prof. Dr.

Chair in Public International Law, European Law and Public Law

Lehrstuhl für Völkerrecht, Europarecht und Öffentliches Recht
Tigerbergstrasse 21
9000 St. Gallen
Fields of research

General public international law

United Nations Law

Comparative constitutional law and history

Further fields of research

History of international law

Constitutional history

Foreign Relations Law


Bardo Fassbender studied law, history and political science at the University of Bonn (Germany) and the Yale Law School. He holds an LL.M from Yale Law School and a Doctor iuris from the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he also completed his Habilitation and became Privatdozent for the disciplines of public law, international law, European law and constitutional history.

Professional Career

Bardo Fassbender was a Ford Foundation Senior Fellow in Public International Law at Yale University and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He advised the Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations on the subject of “Targeted sanctions of the UN Security Council and Due Process of Law”. Before joining the University of St. Gallen in 2013, he held the chair in international law and human rights law at the Bundeswehr University in Munich.

Teaching Activities

Bardo Fassbender taught international law, European law and constitutional law at the universities of St. Gallen, Milano (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Frankfurt (Oder) and Torino, as well as at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and the Bundeswehr University Munich.


Société suisse de droit international; St. Galler Juristenverein; Arnold-Otto-Aepli-Gesellschaft, St. Gallen; Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer; German Society of International Law; Goethe Gesellschaft in Weimar; Thomas Mann Gesellschaft Zürich; Verein August Macke Haus Bonn


Hanns Seidel Foundation Award for Writings in Political Science (1991), Ambrose Gherini Prize of the Yale Law School (for the best student-written paper in international law and conflicts of law, 1994), Faculty Prize of the Humboldt University Law School (for the best doctoral dissertation submitted in 1997-98), Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law in a Specialized Area of International Law (2014, for the "Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law", together with Anne Peters) 

Editorial Board

Co-editor of the series "Studies in the history of international law" (Studien zur Geschichte des Völkerrechts) published by Nomos in Baden-Baden, and member of the Scientific Council (Consiglio scientifico) of the Journal "Diritti umani e diritto internazionale" published by Il Mulino in Bologna, Italy.